As the school year begins to wind down, I'm beginning to feel the excitement of having a little extra time for summer learning. One of my favorite ways to refresh in the summer is to join professional conversations around literacy --- and, of course, one of my favorites is #cyberPD. This year will be the 6th annual #cyberPD conversation. Each year, Laura Komos, Michelle Nero, and I collaboratively host a virtual professional reading conversation across blogs. The community has grown over the years and is now nearly 200 members strong.
Each year one professional book is chosen to be read by the #cyberPD community. During the month of July, the book is discussed across three weeks. Each week participants read and discuss a different section of the selected book. Past titles have included (revisit conversations here):
- 2011 Conferring: The Cornerstone of Reader's Workshop by Patrick Allen
- 2012 Opening Minds by Peter Johnston
- 2013 Who Owns the Learning by Alan November
- 2014 Reading in the Wild by Donalyn Miller
- 2015 Digital Reading: What's Essential by Franki Sibberson and Bill Bass
- 2016 To Be Determined
Share Your Stack
#cyberPD and post in our #cyberPD community under the "share your book stack" tab. Michelle, Laura, and I will then take a look at the stacks and choose one title to be discussed by the community in July. Though the event doesn't start until July, we like to make the selection at the beginning of summer so participants know which book to save for the conversation. The selection announcement will be made June 4th!
As usual, my stack is way too big. There are just so many books to be read...
What's in your stack? I hope you'll share your professional reading plans with our community and join us in July for the conversation.
Anytime: Join #cyberPD Google Community
By May 31st: Share your book stack
June 4th: #cyberPD book announced
July: #cyberPD conversation (3 weeks, with one reflection each week)
As part of a continuous collaboration among educators interested in digital learning, Margaret Simon hosts a weekly Digital Learning round-up on her blog: DigiLit Sunday. Stop by Reflections on the Teche.